“Chevalières” is one of the Meursault’s truly great lieux-dits, located on the same band of hillsides above the village as the Meursault Premiers Crus (according to Jean-François, the soil in Chevalières is identical to its more prestigious vineyard neighbors just to the south).
After fermentation, the wine spends 18 months in barrel, followed by four months in tank before bottling.
The result is a polished, mineral-rich expression of Meursault, with classic honeyed and nutty fruit flavors, as well as undertones of sweet herbs, baking spices, and oolong tea. About this wine producer: Henri Germain established his Domaine in 1973, when he left Château de Chorey les Beaune and moved to Meursault. The first vineyard was a small parcel in Meursault Charmes, but the estate grew substantially when Henri married Paulette Pillot, who had inherited vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet, including this exceptional parcel in the sub-climat of Fairendes in Morgeot. Today there are eight hectares of vines in Meursault, Beaune, and Chassagne-Montrachet, producing about 30,000 bottles annually, of which 70% is white wine. Henri Germain retired years ago, but his modest, soft-spoken son, Jean-François, continues the production of some of the finest wines in all of the Côte de Beaune. Which in the historic 2019 vintage, show “une trés bonne densité, avec une transparence de terroir” (very good density and transparency of terroir), according to Jean-François.